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Op-Ed: If Roof's guilty, who besides the uncle wants to push the button?

With Dylann Roof in police custody after being charged with the murder of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C., the wheels of the legal system have started to turn.

Iran set to execute another 45 people as European delegates visit

The National Council of Resistance of Iran claims that the Iranian government is preparing to execute at least 45 prisoners in the coming days. At least 35 people were executed on Monday, with more likely to be hanged in the gallows over the coming days.

Two Iranian women executed at Qerchak prison

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, two women were executed in Iran today at the infamous Qerchak Prison in Varamin. Executions in Iran appear to be on the upswing with 63 other people having been executed in recent days.

At least 63 people allegedly hanged in Iran

An Iranian NGO, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, claims that at least 63 people have been executed in the last 10 days in various cities and prisons across Iran.

Penalty phase of Marathon bomb trial to begin April 21

Boston - Jurors who convicted accused 2013 Boston Marathon bomber Dhzokhar Tsarnaev of multiple counts of murder last week will reconvene April 21 to decide whether he should be put to death or spend the rest of his life in federal prison.

Guilty: Boston jury convicts surviving marathon bomber

Boston - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday of planting bombs that killed three and injured hundreds of others at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and now faces either the death penalty or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Texas Bar: Prosecutor hid evidence of executed man's innocence

Austin - The State Bar of Texas has filed a formal accusation of misconduct against a former prosecutor who allegedly withheld crucial evidence that could have proven the innocence of a man who was executed for murdering his three daughters in 2004.

Penn. governor declares moratorium on 'unjust' death penalty

Harrisburg - Pennsylvania's governor has announced a moratorium on executions, calling the state's capital punishment system "flawed, ineffective, unjust and expensive."

Bali Nine executed, two Aussies praying for clemency

Two of the convicted Bali Nine narcotics smugglers facing possible execution shortly are now praying for a ­miracle, after Indonesia has just executed six inmates, jailed for the same offence.

Black teen George Stinney exonerated 70 years after execution

Alcolu - A South Carolina judge on Wednesday vacated the 1944 murder conviction of the youngest American executed during modern times, a black teen wrongfully electrocuted for the deaths of two white girls.

Marathon bombing suspect expected in court this week

Boston - The lone surviving suspect in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is expected to appear in court this week in his first public appearance in 17 months.

Supreme Court: Florida execution IQ limit is unconstitutional

Washington - The US Supreme Court has struck down a Florida law that sets a strict low-end cutoff for capital punishment based on defendants' IQ test scores.

Study: 1 in 25 U.S. death row inmates likely innocent

A newly-published study asserts about 4 percent of individuals currently sentenced to death in the United States is likely innocent, raising life-or-death questions about the morality of capital punishment.

New lethal drug supply found for Texas executions

Houston - A serial killer was put to death on April 3 in Texas. This followed the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting the lawyers' demand that the source of the lethal injection drug be revealed.

Op-Ed: Selective justice: Foreign nationals and the death penalty

Geneva - The International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) steps up its campaign this week for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.

Missouri executes man before U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal

Bonne Terre - A Missouri death row inmate was put to death by lethal injection 24 minutes before the United States Supreme Court rejected his final appeal, with the state arguing that it is perfectly legal to kill a prisoner before their due process has run its course.

U.S. to seek death penalty for Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev

Boston - U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday announced that he authorized federal prosecutors in Boston to seek the death penalty against accused Boston Marathon bomber suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

Feds seek death penalty for Boston bombing suspect

Boston - Attorney General Eric Holder has authorized federal prosecutors to seek capital punishment for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who is charged with 30 federal crimes related to the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured 260.

Eighth Circuit delivers a blow to Missouri Death-Row inmates

Saint Louis - An opinion by a majority of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has possibly foreclosed Missouri Death-Row offenders from being able to prove the dangers they allege comes from drugs used in lethal injections obtained from a compounding pharmacy.

U.S. Supreme Court to examine IQ threshold for death penalty

Washington - Eleven years after the Supreme Court held the mentally disabled cannot be executed, the court will examine standards the states use to determine if a prisoner is mentally retarded and therefore cannot be put to death.

Op-Ed: Ohio runs out of execution drug

Lucasville - It's a good news, bad news scenario. Ohio got to kill a guy last night. And he had a killin' coming if you believe in capital punishment.

Jury in California recommends death for serial killer, 79

San Rafael - The jury recommended Joseph Naso, known as the "Alphabet Killer" because the four women he was convicted of murdering had identical first and last initials, be put to death for his crimes.

Op-Ed: Delhi gang rape: Will the convicted get death?

New Delhi - On Friday, a fast-track court in Delhi will sentence the four accused in the Dec.16 gang-rape trial. Indians wait in anticipation whether the four accused will be sentenced to death or will get life imprisonment.

Fort Hood shooter gets death penalty

Former army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for his shooting attack that left 13 people dead at the Fort Hood military base.

Florida executes mentally ill multiple murderer John Ferguson

Florida executed a paranoid schizophrenic multiple murderer on Monday, violating the constitution's ban on putting mentally ill individuals to death.

Texas 'running out' of key lethal injection drug

Huntsville - Texas, the state that executes more prisoners than any other state in the nation, is running out of a key drug used in its lethal injections.

US Sgt. Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan civilian massacre

Tacoma - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 39, pleaded guilty, in a military court Wednesday to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians. He said there is “not a good reason in the world” for why he did it.

Colorado governor halts execution of quadruple murderer

Denver - Citing the "imperfect and inherently inequitable" nature of capital punishment, Colorado's governor has halted the execution of a man convicted of murdering four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1993.

US majority wants death penalty for Boston bombing suspect

Boston - According to a Washington-Post ABC news poll, 70 percent of surveyed Americans say they would support the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the Boston bombing suspect.

US citizen facing death penalty in North Korea

US citizen Kenneth Bae, 44, is facing death penalty in Korea. Korean Central News Agency said a preliminary inquiry had been completed and that Bae had admitted his crimes aimed to topple the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with hostility toward it.
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A photograph of the lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.
A photograph of the lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.
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LETHAL: A fragment of a bomb believed to have exploded at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon on A...
LETHAL: A fragment of a bomb believed to have exploded at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
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You can now eliminate Illinois from this death penalty map
You can now eliminate Illinois from this death penalty map
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The lethal injection room.
The lethal injection room.
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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison  completed in 2010.
The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.
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REMINDER: Victims of the April 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon are recalled at a memorial at Cop...
REMINDER: Victims of the April 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon are recalled at a memorial at Copley Square three months after the attack that killed three and injured 264.
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An artist s impression of a cell in an American SuperMax prison.
An artist's impression of a cell in an American SuperMax prison.
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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama view photographs of victims before address...
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama view photographs of victims before addressing a memorial service at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 10, 2009, a few days after 13 soldiers were killed and 38 wounded when an Army officer opened fire at a base processing center.
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Charlie Fuqua  the Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives  supports institut...
Charlie Fuqua, the Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives, supports instituting the death penalty for “rebellious children"
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The Texas electric chair  Old Sparky  was in use from 1924 to 1964. During that time  it saw the dea...
The Texas electric chair "Old Sparky" was in use from 1924 to 1964. During that time, it saw the deaths of 361 prisoners sentenced to die by judicial electrocution. It was built by incarcerated craftsmen in 1924.
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